A short Venus Transit bibliography

Our scientific coordinator Per Pippin Aspaas compiled a short bibliography on Venus Transits:

HISTORICAL STUDIES OF THE TRANSITS OF VENUS
a short bibliography compiled by Per Pippin Aspaas
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—- PART  1    M O N O G R A P H S —————————————————————————————-

 

Woolf, Harry

1959:     The Transits of Venus. A Study of Eighteenth-Century Science, Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

1962:     Les astronomes français, le passage de Vénus et la diffusion de la science au XVIIIe siècle, Paris: Université de Paris.

Maor, Eli

2000:     June 8, 2004. Venus in Transit, Princeton: Princeton University Press. [also a 2nd edn from 2004, not seen]

Sellers, David

2001:     The Transit of Venus. The Quest to find the True Distance of the Sun, Leeds: MegaVelda Press.

Arlot, Jean Eudes & Jean-Pierre Luminet

2004:     Le passage de Vénus, Les Ulis: EDP Sciences Editions.

Aughton, Peter

2004:  The Transit of Venus. The Brief, Brilliant Life of Jeremiah Horrocks, Father of British Astronomy, London: Windrush.

Marlot, Christophe

2004:     Les passages de Vénus. Histoire et observation d’un phénomène astronomique, Paris: Vuibert.

 

Sheehan, William & John Westfall

2004:     The Transits of Venus,  Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books.

Ratcliff, Jessica

2008:     The Transit of Venus Enterprise in Victorian Britain, Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century Number 3, London: Pickering & Chatto.

Bucher, Gudrun

2011:     Die Spur des Abendsterns. Die abenteuerliche Erforschung des Venustransits, Darmstadt: WBG.

 

 

—- PART 2      S P E C I A L  I S S U E S  O F  J O U R N A L S ———————————————————–

 

Sterken, Christiaan & Hilmar W. Duerbeck (eds.)

2004:     Astronomical Heritages: Astronomical Archives and Historic Transits of Venus, Journal of Astronomical Data vol. 10, Bruxelles: C. Sterken, Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Kurtz, Don W. (ed.)

2005:     Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, Volume 2004, June 2004: Transits of Venus: New Views on the Solar System and Galaxy, Proceedings IAU Colloquium No. 196, 2004. Online version published by Cambridge University Press, May 2005.

Aubin, David (ed.)

2007:     L’événement astronomique du siècle? Histoire sociale des passages de Vénus, 1874-1882, Cahiers François Viète Numéro 11-12 (2006), Nantes: Cahiers François Viète.

 

 

—- PART 3      E D I T I O N S  O F  S O U R C E  M A T E R I A L S —————————————————-

 

Beaglehole, John Cawte (ed.)

1955:     The journals of Captain James Cook on his voyages of discovery , edited from the original manuscripts, vol. I:  The voyage of the Endeavour, 1768-1771, Cambridge: Haklyut Society.

Nunis Jr, Doyce B. (ed.)

1982:     The 1769 transit of Venus. The Baja California observations of Jean-Baptiste Chappe dAuteroche, Vicente de Doz, and Joaquín Velázquez Cárdenas de León, introduced & edited by Doyce B. Nunis, Jr., translations by James Donahue, Maynard J. Geiger, & Iris Wilson Engstrand, Baja California travels series 46, Los Angeles: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Mervaud, Michel (ed.)

2004:     Voyage en Sibérie fait par ordre du Roi en 1761, 2 vols., I: Introduction et apparat critique, by Michel Mervaud and Le Prince et les dessinateurs et graveurs du ‘Voyage en Sibérie, by Madeleine Pinault Sørensen, II: Édition critique, by Michel Mervaud, Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century 2004:03 & 2004:04, Oxford: Voltaire Foundation.

Arlot, Jean-Eudes, Delphine Mousset, Michel Toulmonde, Patrick Rocher, Gilles Bessou & Audrey Delsanti (eds.)

2004:     Les Rendez-vous de Vénus (CD ROM containing digitized materials – mostly printed texts and images, in addition to some manuscripts – with introductions and summaries), Paris: Observatoire de Paris.

Candaux, Jean-Daniel, Sophie Capdeville, Michel Grenon, René Sigrist & Vladimir Somov (eds.)

2005:     Deux astronomes genevois dans la Russie de Catherine II. Journaux de voyage en Laponie russe de Jean-Louis Pictet et Jacques-André Mallet pour observer le passage de Vénus devant le disque solaire, 1768-1769, publiés d’après les manuscrits originaux avec introductions et notes, Ferney-Voltaire: Centre international d’étude du XVIIIe siècle.


* Works published prior to the 1950s have intentionally been left out. Internet sites, miscellaneous articles, non-academic publications and works only partly concerned with the transits of Venus are also omitted. Anything of importance that you miss? Please send an email to per.pippin.aspaas[ A T ]uit.no.